Duchess of Cornwall to become patron to Medical Detection Dogs charity

MPMC Duchess of Cornwall
MPMC Duchess of Cornwall

The Duchess of Cornwall has given Medical Detection Dogs a royal stamp of approval after agreeing to become the charity’s patron.

Medical Detection Dogs is based at Winslow Road, Great Horwood. Dr Claire Guest, chief executive officer and director of Operations, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Her Royal Highness has agreed to become patron of Medical Detection Dogs. Her support will be invaluable for a groundbreaking and innovative charity such as ours, to promote the work we do, supporting those with life threatening health conditions and advancing cancer detection work through odour. Her appointment will be warmly welcomed by our staff and volunteers and I hope that Her Royal Highness will find her involvement with us extremely rewarding.”

The Duchess will formally commence her Patronage of Medical Detection Dogs at a

reception at St James’s Palace which will be attended by the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall today, March 11.

Medical Detection Dogs is a charity dedicated to training dogs in the detection and recognition of human disease by odour.

Cancer Detection Dogs:

Medical Detection Dogs’ first study was published in the British Medical Journal in 2004 and showed that dogs can be trained to identify the odour of human cancer. This finding indicated the potential for a new method of diagnosing cancer. We currently have on-going studies detecting prostate and breast cancer using a dogs remarkable sense of smell. Training and supporting a Cancer Detection

Dog for life costs £5,000

Medical Alert Assistance Dogs:

We also train dogs to alert and assist individuals who are managing day-to-day life-threatening conditions by detecting minute changes in body odour. These include blood sugar detection dogs for adults and children coping with unstable Type 1 diabetes who receive no warning of dangerously low blood sugar (hypos), which, if left untreated, can result in coma, seizure and hospitalisation. In addition, we train dogs for clients with life-threatening Addison’s disease, anaphylaxis and serious allergies. We continue to investigate other health conditions our dogs have the potential to support.

Training and supporting a Medical Alert Assistance Dog for life costs £11,000.